New Sky Kids original series Obki aims to help children understand climate change
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Sky Kids have announced a brand new Sky Original TV series Obki. The animated series will feature the original character Obki, a loveable alien, on his journey to be a positive force for good on Earth. The show is available now on Sky Kids on demand for customers across the UK and ROI.
Airing ahead of COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference later this year, the show will explore issues around climate change in an informative and entertaining way for 5–9-year-old children through Obki’s adventures with his friend, the Orb. This new series is a collaboration with Sky Zero – Sky’s campaign to be net zero carbon by 2030 and commitment to encourage its customers to #GoZero, by using its content and channels to raise awareness of the climate crisis and inspire viewers with actions they can take to protect the planet.
Lucy Murphy, Director of Kids Content, Sky, said: “We’re delighted to work with Obki Productions to bring this critical message to children. The next generation will inherit the world we leave behind – together we can educate and empower them to make positive choices that help to protect the future of our planet.”
Fiona Ball, Director Bigger Picture, Sky, said: “At Sky we believe in better which is why we have committed to being net zero carbon by 2030 and to use our platforms to inspire meaningful change. Obki will positively engage and influence children’s’ behaviour and increase their understanding of what they can do to help tackle the climate crisis.”
Through Sky Zero, Sky is on a mission to deliver meaningful and actionable change to help preserve our world. As one of Europe’s leading broadcasters, Sky believes it has a responsibility to use its reach and voice to help drive important behavioural changes when it comes to the environment. Through the power of its platforms, television content and products, Sky is helping its millions of customers better understand and reduce their carbon footprint.
Amanda Evans, Founder, Obki Productions, said: “We are thrilled to be producing our first ever kids TV series on such an important subject and proud to be working with Sky which has been such an enthusiastic and collaborative partner.”
Since 2019, all Sky Originals in the UK have been CarbonNeutral®, and earlier this year Sky published its new Sustainable Production Principles; clear, industry-leading guidelines that will help all its future productions across original drama, comedy and more achieve albert sustainable production certification.
Sky has also introduced a new Planet Test to make sure all its production, editorial and commissioning teams across Sky and Sky Studios actively consider the environment and champion sustainability on screen and off. This focuses on three areas; raising the issues, showing action and using content to raise awareness.
As well as these commitments, building work is well underway for the new Sky Studios Elstree which aims to be the world’s most sustainable film and TV production studios when it opens next year.
August 6, 2021 4:00am ET by SKY